Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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Greatest career achievement post Runway:
Building a successful bridal business and starting to become more known for that rather than PR. (Images from Marshall's current bridal collection.)
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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Did the show accurately represent your style?
Yes, at the time. It's still similar, but it's been five years, so my style has evolved since the show.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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Why did you choose to leave Portland?
I wanted to show each season at NYFW and to have closer access to the markets, fabrics and production facilities in NY. It was a move out of convenience to better facilitate my business.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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Do you think it's possible to make it as a fashion designer if you stay here?
Yes, definitely. With the internet, it's certainly possible to do it and do it well. It may just mean more travel to NYC, limited production options, and a lot more shipping.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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What could we do here to improve that?
I think it would be great if there were more production facilities. Big companies can set up their own, but it's hard to find independent sewing contractors that will work with smaller businesses.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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What's the next big thing around the corner for you?
I'm continuing to grow my business, hiring people, and I'm about to move into a bigger showroom/atelier to accommodate the growth. Eventually, I would love to work in Paris as an haute couturière, but that's a bit of a long-term dream at the moment. My French needs some more improvement.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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If given the chance, would you do it again?
I don’t regret doing it one bit, but if I had the choice to choose doing it right now at this exact time in my life with the show at its 11th season, I don’t know if I would. When I did it, I felt it was new and exciting; now I think there may be better venues to have exposure.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
Images from Leanne Marshall's 2013 bridal collection.
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